How to disable media autoplay in Microsoft Edge

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 28, 2018
Updated • Jul 11, 2018
Internet, Microsoft Edge

Microsoft plans to ship major new features in the next version of Windows 10; one of the new features gives users control over media autoplay on the Internet.

If you have access to a recent Windows Insider build, you may have noticed already that Microsoft Edge comes with a lot of improvements.

One of the new options is a new control to configure autoplay rules for media. The default setting is to allow autoplay but you can modify it to block autoplay.

Autoplay can be useful, for instance when you click on a video link as you'd probably expect the video to play automatically on the linked page. But there are also instances where autoplay can be annoying, for instance on sites that display it inside the main content or in the sidebar.

Microsoft is not the first browser developer that introduces autoplay controls. Google added options to control audio and video playback (behind flags) to Chrome in 2018 and introduces automatic rules-based autoplay blocking later that year.

Mozilla added HTML5 video autoplay blocking to Firefox in 2015, and extensions such as Autoplay Stopper added the functionality to various browsers as well.

Disable media autoplay in Microsoft Edge

microsoft edge media autoplay

Microsoft Edge will include an option to block media autoplay or to limit it when the next feature update of Windows 10 is released. The next feature update will be released in September/October of 2018 but you can test the feature right now already in Insider Builds.

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge web browser.
  2. Click on the menu icon (the three dots) and select Settings.
  3. Switch to the Advanced category in Settings.
  4. Locate Media Autoplay in the menu that opens.
  5. Set the autoplay functionality to allow, limit or block.

You probably wonder how limit and block differ from one another. Limit blocks autoplaying videos with sound only while block all autoplaying media.

  • Allow -- The current default. Edge plays all media when the tab is in the foreground.
  • Limit -- Edge plays autoplaying media without sound (or muted) but blocks autoplaying media with sound.
  • Block -- Edge blocks all autoplaying media regardless of sound level.

Microsoft Edge displays a play icon that you need to click on to play the media.

edge autoplay blocked

Microsoft notes that some sites may not work correctly if you have set media autoplay to block. You may customize permissions for individual sites if that is the case, or if you want certain sites to play media automatically all the time.

Just click on the icon on the left of the address to get started.

edge video autoplay

Edge displays information about the website owner and website permissions when you activate the icon.

You can change the autoplay setting for the site directly, for instance from allow to block.

A click on media autoplay settings displays options to configure media autoplay for that particular site.

edge customize autoplay

So, if you run into troubles with limit or block settings for media autoplay in Edge, or want a site to play media automatically all the time, you can do that using the prompt without changing the setting globally.

A click on manage permissions displays all sites with custom permissions. You can remove individual permissions or all of them easily using it.

edge manage permissions

Closing Words

Giving users control over autoplaying media is always a good idea in my opinion. While Edge users will have to wait for Windows 10 version 1809 before the feature becomes available, that release is just a few months away.

How to disable media autoplay in Microsoft Edge
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  1. Yerkes.Gary said on May 27, 2020 at 4:09 am

    All great actions and thoughts have a negligible beginning.

  2. v1adimir said on July 20, 2019 at 6:31 am

    “Autoplay can be useful”, said NOBODY ever. It’s sick, really, what all these -various- companies put us through – with the constant configurations that we must do – and, then, how the settings stop working a few versions down the road, meh. ;$

  3. Sophie said on July 1, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Not surprised there are so few comments here for Edge!!!

    What a largely waste of time that browser “was”…..

    yes: WAS

  4. Paul(us) said on June 28, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Am I am wrong to notice “that Edge always has things in the future that will be an improvement?”
    Why does Ms try to ban MS Explorer 11? Is Edge really so much better? Because of the things I cant do with Edge in the past years and more important still can do with Explorer 11 now after a few years, I am really starting to get uninterested in Edge. It’s completely wrong (not a good thing) I know but Microsoft does everything right to let that happen.
    Microsoft please try to let me stay motivated!

  5. Doc said on June 28, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    “…in the next version of Microsoft…” I think you either meant “Microsoft Windows” or “Microsoft Edge,” Martin. :)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 28, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Right ;) Corrected!

      1. tom wasil said on August 22, 2018 at 12:09 am

        on the settings..advanced… there is NO media tab , how else to stop auto play?

      2. Tim-o said on June 21, 2020 at 12:15 am

        address bar, type edge://flags
        Show block option in autoplay settings
        If enabled, block will appear as an option in media autoplay settings. – Mac, Windows


        Set this to Enabled.

      3. Martin Brinkmann said on August 22, 2018 at 6:24 am

        It is coming in the next feature version of Windows 10, out in September/October.

      4. tom wasil said on August 22, 2018 at 7:22 pm

        thanks , i guess i will continue with firefox of chrome until then.

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